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Inventions: Bubble Gum

Bubble gum was invented in 1928 by 23 year old  Walter Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, who enjoyed...

Accidental Inventions: Play Doh

The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be known as Play-Doh was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as a wallpaper cleaner...

Accidental Inventions: Bubble Wrap

Originally marketed as wallpaper, Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering...

Accidental Inventions: Microwave Oven

Heating food by microwave was discovered accidentally in 1945 by self-taught American engineer Percy Spencer. Spencer was working with the American company Raytheon on active radar sets...

Accidental Inventions: Super Glue

Super Glue, the brand name for the fast-acting adhesive cyanoacrylate was discovered accidentally in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover and Fred Joyner of Kodak Laboratories during experiments to make a...

Accidental Inventions: Slinky

In 1943, Richard James invented one of the greatest toys ever. James, a naval engineer, was conducting an experiment with tension springs. During the...